On August 18, 2016 Baker Barrios Architects hosted their annual Pigskin Prelude at the Amway Center in Orlando. Due to Baker Barrios’ substantial presence in Orlando, the locations for the Pigskin Prelude rotate each year, and showcase projects completed by BBA. Pigskin Prelude originated in 1999 in the Winter Park Farmer’s Market as a means of thanking their clients, but has grown into one of the largest networking events in Orlando for the architectural and design industry.
The theme for the Pigskin Prelude derived from Carlos Barrios and Tim Baker’s homage to college football. They discovered football was a sport that had the ability to unite people in Central Florida and believed a tailgate party would be the perfect celebration to help kick-off college football season. With that being said, all in attendance wear gear from the university in which they attended in order to represent their Alma Mater.
As Pigskin Prelude increased in popularity within the Orlando area, attendance grew accordingly. Many of those in attendance include key community leaders comprising of individuals from Orlando and Tampa, School Board Members, Elected Officials, etc. This year they had a record breaking attendance of over 800 people; noted attendees were County Commissioners from Orlando and Tampa, as well as Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer who is a regular attendee.
Pigskin Prelude is always fully catered with tantalizing tailgate essentials such as cheeseburgers, hot dogs, wings, etc. This year Baker Barrios provided the basics along with mac ‘n cheese bites, jalapeño poppers, and meatballs. A few activities at the event included the opportunity to create your own Pigskin Prelude T-Shirt as well as a photo booth where you could memorialize your experience with props and college memorabilia.
The 2016 Pigskin Prelude proved to be a night of great success with lighthearted networking and fantastic fun all the while, welcoming college football season!
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